J.D. White, chief product officer of the newly-formed Anthology, answers some questions eCampus News sent his way regarding the future of higher-ed technology and how institutions redefine themselves as the higher-ed landscape changes—especially in the wake of COVID-19.

What’s your perspective on the state of higher-ed technology?

If you had asked me this question in early January, I would have had a much different answer than today. It’s an interesting time now for higher-ed technology. Pre-COVID-19, I’d have told you that digital transformation was the disruptor that would enable dramatic shifts in the classroom and across the entire institution.

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Today’s reality is that the coronavirus itself became the disruptor that forced institutions to think about digital transformation on a scale and compressed timeline that they never imagined. Classrooms that remained essentially unchanged over the last 100 years now look very different. And the conversations we’re having with academic and institutional leaders have changed just as dramatically. Whereas there was some skepticism around the benefits of digital transformation as a disruptor before, now we’re seeing a widespread willingness and eagerness to embrace it. Those institutions that have been slower to adopt technology are recognizing that it will be a critical element of their survival in the COVID age.

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About the Author:

J.D. White recognizes the powerful role creativity and innovation plays when it comes to solving the complex challenges college and university communities face today. He strives to deliver solutions that bring new growth opportunities to higher education, while building products that help students and administration succeed. He is the chief product officer at Anthology, formed from the merger of Campus Management, Campus Labs, and iModules. Anthology connects all aspects of the higher-ed experience and empowers campuses to thrive by guiding institutions through their thinking around tying together all elements of learning and performance. By focusing on understanding the collective data through a streamlined lens, Anthology can help institutions understand connections between data elements and derive insights, no matter where the data resides across systems.